For some parents, the thought of adding “one more thing” to their family’s schedule of events for summer may be overwhelming. Already, there are vacations, reunions, parties – and the list goes on.
But others, including celebrity parents, also believe summer can be an excellent time for their kids try new things and learn extra skills.
They think activities, like piano or swimming or cooking lessons, offer a structured opportunity for a child to grow.
Research has it these also allow kids to become independent and self-confident, while socializing and making new friends; and that keeping them active during the summer can pay major dividends in the long run.
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The daughter of Kapuso actors Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera first attended summer class at one year old. Her mother brought her to toddler school twice a week to develop her social skills.
Last year, she completed another class, receiving a Certificate of Participation.
“Congratulations Anak!” the proud mother wrote on Instagram.
In a previous interview, the 34-year-old actress shared the reason she decided to start Zia’s “education” early.
“Actually, about music pa lang naman, pakikipag-usap sa mga bata. Halos lahat naman ng mga kids ngayon nagsa-summer class talaga, siyempre para makatulong sa development nila. Siyempre ayoko naman maging takot sa tao ang anak. More on personality development ‘yung ginagawa niya (sa school),” she explained.
Zia, now three, is enrolled in swimming and piano lessons.
SCARLET SNOW BELO
Scarlet may have just turned four, but she already knows a lot of things.
That’s because the daughter of Dr. Vicky Belo and Hayden Kho has been attending several lessons – from Mandarin to swimming to gymnastics.
She’s also taken piano, voice and reading classes.
In a recent Instagram post, Scarlet showcases her swimming skills as she gears up for summer.
She wrote, “I’m so sorry I haven’t been sharing what I’ve been doing the past few days. I was busy preparing for summer. I have to be better at swimming before Daddy and Mommy allow me to swim at the beach. (Daddy, I swim better than you now!)”
Hayden, quite surrendering, agreed that his daughter is a better swimmer. He said: “I swim like a drowning grasshopper.”
Scarlet may be “busy,” but Hayden noted they do not “overwork” her.
“It’s just one lesson per week,” he said.
Seve is only two years old but he’s already a YouTube star!
The son of Toni Gonzaga and Paul Soriano is frequently seen on vlog videos of her mother and auntie Alex Gonzaga.
Netizens were recently abuzz when he appeared on a vlog titled “Chinese 101 With Seve,” which sees the younger Soriano learning to speak Mandarin.
Content creator and artist Winnie Wong (the girlfriend of Patrick Soriano, Paul Soriano) taught Seve how to count and speak basic greeting in Mandarin.
“Since he is two years old, I completely understand that it’s important for him to just hear and associate words together. We’re just trying to have fun!” Winnie stated.
Toni was also present during the tutorial and joined his son on the vlog.
“There is a motherhood intervention that is happening here because Seve is not cooperating. He just finished his tutorial class so his brain is toasted,” Toni quipped.
The video has gained more than 700k views as of this writing.
It looks like Ryan Agoncillo and Judy Ann Santos have a child who is an artist in the making.
On Instagram, Luna proudly showed off her artistic skills.
“This little bunny never fails to amaze mommy and daddy… good job my love!” Mommy Judy Ann’s caption read.
Daddy Ryan added, “Her brush handling is amazing.”
Apparently, the three year old’s first “work of art” was done on her mother’s legs.
This was revealed by Judy Ann herself on a past Instragram post: “Um… so… mukhang may artist in the making kami. Sana next time hindi na sa hita ko anak… bilhan na lang kita maraming manila paper ah.”
ALEX JAZZ GARCIA
Another artist in the making is the son of Patrick Garcia and Jennylyn Mercado.
Jennylyn revealed at a press conference for her upcoming TV series “Love You, Two” that Jazz is taking art classes with Solenn Heussaff.
On Instagram, she shared snapshots of Jazz having fun while playing with paint on a canvass with Tita Sos.
“Tita Sos @solenn helping Jazz unlock more of his artistic skills,” she wrote in the caption.
Solenn, who started her “Kids Take HeART” project in September 2018, a one-on-one art class where she spends an hour with a child making art, replied to the post and wrote, “He is such a sweet boy. Thank you!!” (Photos from Instagram)